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nadellii

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According to the forum, many people recommend that I don’t visit Athens during August, because many of the locals have gone on vacation and the city is pretty empty. That being said… when is the best time to visit? I am definitely interested in seeing the acropolis and the museums, but I am wondering when the best time of year is to see the city life.
 

Vangelis

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Personally, I think June is a good month to visit. Not too hot and it's quite busy without being overcrowded (maybe the touristy areas are still quite busy). To be honest my daughter went in the middle of winter (Dec/Jan) and she said there were more activities/gigs/things to do at that time than during summer. I personally don't like late Sep and Oct because there are lots of rains at that time.
 

ellinasgolfer0320

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March to September is best, except for August. August is the month everyone returns to their village for Panigiri. Many stores will be closed during this time, but if you do decide to go in August then you'll be okay if you stick to the touristy areas
 

The Greek Vibe

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I would suggest spring or fall. Much nicer weather, fewer crowds. I would also suggest visiting other neighborhoods besides the historic center, like Pangrati, take a stroll around Koukaki and even further to Nea Ionia.
 

k_tsoukalas

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According to the forum, many people recommend that I don’t visit Athens during August, because many of the locals have gone on vacation and the city is pretty empty. That being said… when is the best time to visit? I am definitely interested in seeing the acropolis and the museums, but I am wondering when the best time of year is to see the city life.
I have been to Athens during this time and I loved it. Just to offer a contrary opinion. The city does seem to shut down a but, but all the stuff I needed was open. Restaurants, the local beaches, some of the shops. There was less traffic and noise. You can easily see the acropolis, museums, and other historical sites. Those don't seem to close.
 

The Greek Vibe

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Look, August is a beautiful time to visit if you have no issues with the heat. It's usually very hot in August. On the upside however, it is relatively traffic- and crowd-free and ideal for long strolls and photo ops in the center. August is usually when most Greeks go on holiday. I personally love August in Athens. There's a certain magic to the quiet.
 
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efhernandez_

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Look, August is a beautiful time to visit if you have no issues with the heat. It's usually very hot in August. On the upside however, it is relatively traffic- and crowd-free and ideal for long strolls and photo ops in the center. August is usually when most Greeks go on holiday. I personally love August in Athens. There's a certain magic to the quiet.
I'm with you, I definitely don't like when the city is very very busy. There is a small downside because there aren't many locals, but usually tourists go to see the sites anyways and don't interact much with the locals.
 
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Sandyrigo

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My favorite is mid-May through mid-June. Weather is great, but not too hot. Beaches and tourist locations are less crowded because kids are not out of school yet.
 

Restaurants with a View in Athens

I am putting together a list of restaurants to try in Athens and I want to have multiple moods on it... Sometimes, I want to dine purely with a view, sometimes I just want a really great meal.

I found this article - what do you guys think of these places in the article? Do you know of any great places with a view in Athens? Ideally the food will also be excellent:


Sometimes I don't have luck with TripAdvisor places, because I am not sure the people voting are necessarily locals...

The real life of Athens is here’ – hidden gems beyond and beneath the Acropolis | Athens holidays |

Have you ever tried pistachios from Aegina?

If you were looking to get away from the heat of the city, Aegina is the perfect island to go to. It is a pretty quick boat ride from Piraeus and you can explore both ancient ruins and remote villages. The island is pretty big so I recommend you get a car or ATV/motorcycle. The island has amazing pistachios with many different traditional desserts made from the nuts. You can find many pistachio stores lined up right outside of the port that sell pistachio butter, pistachio brittle and pistachio honey. I always get a few pistachio souvenirs for my family and they love them!

Great Athens Restaurants for Dining

I love the restaurants in Athens - they're just so amazing. The chefs in the city do a great job giving a variety of foods from Greek cuisine, from the old to the new. I found this link with a nice list of nine restaurants that I plan to try. What do you guys thing? Have you been to any of these?

LAST MINUTE OFFERSON GALILEO!

If any one is lucky or has an opportunity to be on Galileo they will never ever forget these experiences.Many years I formulated an itinerary for Aris Drivas Yatching and Galileo was in Mykonos for an initial practice and presentation sailing around the Cyclades!I didn't have time to go sailing with her, just being on board and seeing her again moored in Syros for many days was just magical..
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